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Meeting the challenge


Assembling School Kits with love

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5,000 School kits in boxes and overflowing
More than 5,000 kits assembled

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July 20, 2009
-Deborah Froese

CARONPORT, Saskatchewan — The 2009 Youth Assembly Planning Committee intended to issue a Guinness World Record-breaking challenge to youth packaging school kits for distribution abroad – but Guinness informed them that there was no such category.

That did not deter the Committee or the youth.

On July 7th, in Caronport Sask., Assembly participants assembled more than 5,000 school kits at an approximate value of eight dollars apiece. That totalwill be matched by Mennonite Central Committee Manitoba, who will deliver the kits to Cuba and distribute them through existingMennonite Church Canada connections.

In his summary of the project, Kyle Penner, youth pastor of Springfield Heights MC in Winnipeg and a member of the Planning Committee, referred to Hebrews 10:24 and the idea of “spurring one another on to good deeds.” He shared his intention to send a copy of that bible verse to Mennonite Church USA, along with a photograph of the stack of school kits packed by Canadians and a challenge to meet or beat their record.

“And I’ll send it [the information] to Guinness World Records too,” he quipped.

SIDEBAR: Thank you for your support!

- Kyle Penner, Youth Pastor, Springfield Heights Mennonite Church

On behalf of the Youth Assembly Planning Committee, I would like to thank everybody who supported our school kit challenge. Many thousands of dollars were donated from across the country, many school supplies sent, many words of encouragement shared and many prayers offered. As a national church, we are truly able to do something together that we cannot do alone.